The Robertson Trust - Open Grants


The Trust provides funding to third sector organisations to deliver positive outcomes for the individuals and communities that they work with through three funding strands. Care and Wellbeing seeks to improve people's physical and mental health including: ensuring the best quality of life for Scotland’s vulnerable adults, including those directly or indirectly affected by dementia; improving the health and wellbeing of children & young people affected by mental and/or physical ill health; supporting adults with life limiting, long term health conditions or disability to overcome barriers and remain involved with their communities. Realising Potential addresses social and educational inequalities in children and young people including: enabling young people to realise their potential; supporting “at risk” young people to make positive choices; broadening horizons and nurturing talents among Scotland’s young people. Strengthening Communities looks for solutions which address local need including: reducing health and social inequalities in Scotland’s communities; supporting people and communities to find routes out of poverty; empowering communities.

Fund details

When to apply:
Main and major (revenue and capital awards ) will be considered at four meetings over the course of 2018. The next closing date is 30 November 2018. Anticipate future dates are 15 March, 14 June and 13 September 2019. Requests for other types of award are assessed as part of a rolling programme with no specific deadlines.
Next deadline:
30 Nov 2018
Charities only:
[email protected]
0141 353 7300
How to apply
The application form and guidance are available from the website.
The funder lists a large number of exclusions. Check the guidelines for details. They can only fund registered charities or CICs Ltd by Guarantee for work which takes place in Scotland.

Fund award sizes

Annually awarded:
Notes on award amounts:
Small awards are for revenue funding up to £10,000 per annum and capital funding from £500 to £20,000. Main awards are for revenue above £10,000 per annum and capital funding of more than £20,000 up to a maximum of £250,000. Major Capital awards are over £250,000. Annual total and average from 2018 annual report. Over 70% of applications were successful and a third of awards were to first time applicants.


The Robertson Trust
Charity number:
No funder email address
0141 353 7300
Robertson House 152 Bath Street, , Glasgow, G2 4TB

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Geographical Areas

  • Scotland


  • Advising and informing
  • Advocacy
  • Arts and Cultural Activities
  • Befriending and mentoring
  • Citizenship and community involvement
  • Community and capacity building
  • Community development and regeneration
  • Community facilities
  • Community safety
  • Community transport
  • Disaster/ emergency services
  • Education and Training
  • Employability services
  • Environmental Projects
  • Financial advice and support
  • Health and social care
  • Health education & promotion
  • Mental health care
  • Organisation Capacity Building
  • Organised Sport
  • Recreation and social activities
  • Social care
  • Justice, equality and law


  • Black and minority ethnic communities
  • Carers/ parents
  • Children
  • Economically/socially disadvantaged
  • Families
  • Homeless or badly Housed
  • In or leaving care
  • Isolated socially
  • LGBT
  • Living in poverty
  • Living in rural areas
  • Mental health conditions
  • Natural Environment
  • Offenders & ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People affected by ill-health
  • People with disabilities
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with sensory impairments
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • The local community
  • Unemployed
  • Victims of crime / abuse
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Young people